Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Kroger

(

KR

) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Kroger as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • KR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $468.9 million.
  • KR has traded 7.6 million shares today.
  • KR is trading at 2.46 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • KR is trading at a new high 3.02% above yesterday's close.

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More details on KR:

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. It also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. The company operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.4%. KR has a PE ratio of 16. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Kroger has been 8.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Kroger has a market cap of $33.4 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.85 and a short float of 3.2% with 2.34 days to cover. Shares are down 16% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Kroger as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • KR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • KROGER CO has improved earnings per share by 12.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, KROGER CO increased its bottom line by earning $2.07 versus $1.73 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.23 versus $2.07).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income increased by 9.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $619.00 million to $680.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $2,052.00 million or 16.92% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, KROGER CO's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 33.90%.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, KROGER CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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